Monday, January 08, 2007


So I'm back in Montreal.
And sick. Lovely. This means I have to get up at "crack-of-dawn" 8 A.M. to wait in front of the drop-in clinic before it opens (this is the only way it's actually feasible to see a doctor).
It's been so long since I've actually been sick that I'm a bit confused. I don't have any real symptoms, either, apart from a general sense of malaise, feverish feelings, extreme fatigue, and forgetfulness. Hopefully it's just general burn-out and I will feel better soon.

In other news, I have a job interview coming up in a week (eep!). It should be fun though; they're expecting me to give a 10 minute "how-to" presentation. Past presentations have included "how to interpret the label on a bottle of red wine", "how to find an apartment", and "how parachutes work". It needs to be non-academic, and non physical (such as "how to knit").
I was thinking about "How to ace a job interview in 10 minutes or less", but I think that may be a bit too cheeky.
Any suggestions?


Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

I always find that a 10 minute presentation I call "how to assemble an AR-15 blindfolded, and get away with mass murdering people who do not hire you" ALWAYS works.

Good luck! Jobs are good. Then they suck. But the pay checks are good. But the "getting up in the morning to go to work" thing sucks. But then you get paid and it all somehow seems worth it. But then you get stuck in the elevator with that asshole from Accounting who picks his nose then presses the button for your floor. And so on.

12:09 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling better! What was the diagnosis?
Personally, I think there isn't anything a bit of chocolate can't cure :)

Congrats on the interview! So what kind of place asks for such a presentation??
How about "how to find a topic for a 'how-to' presentation".
Or "how to survive Canadian winters."
You should consider what funny / interesting (and especially flattering!) anecdotes you have, and choose your presentation based on those!
Or a topic you're really knowledgeable / passionate about. How to swing dance for instance :)
Good luck!

5:39 p.m.  
Blogger Victoria said...

Iguana: wow, thank you I think I'll do just that! My blindfolding construction skills are always such a great party trick, I wonder why I've never tried to apply then in a professional setting!
Jobs sound like they DO suck. But this won't be a regular 9 to 5er, and it'd just be a summer gig, so I can't complain. Too much.
Ammo: Actually I felt better this morning so decided to skip the clinic. Then I felt worse. If I still feel strange tomorrow I'll go. For real this time.
I thought about swing dancing but I think it's too physical. Shame! Maybe "how to travel intelligently". Or "how to cheat at cards". Not that I have ANY knowledge in the latter of course.

11:15 p.m.  
Blogger 007 in Africa said...

That's why you always won at Solitaire! Curse you damnit, curse you! I think that the suggestion of "How to survive the Canadian winter" is a great idea: you could discuss the following topics: layering, underground shopping mall, the perfect temperature setting, the right ice boots...and so much more.

2:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about "comment parler pour ne rien dire pendant 10mn". :)
Or "how to deal with annoying siblings" (I think that's a good one and you must have a lot of experience in the matter :).

I hope you didn't have to end up going to the hospital.

2:58 p.m.  
Blogger Victoria said...

Nah, I feel a bit more clear headed now. Thank goodness!
My friend Gonzalo gave me the PERFECT topic: how satellites stay in the air (or alternatively, why satellites don't crash into the Earth). It's a common misconception and easy to explain. Yay!

3:42 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh.... That is a good one! And I'd love to know the answer :). I'm guessing their speed counteracts the effects of gravity, but isn't enough to free them completely from Earth's orbit.

007inafrica is getting all kinds of weird comments on her blog, it's kind of scary.


5:48 p.m.  

Post a Comment

<< Home